Have you ever felt like your job is killing you? Unfortunately, you might be right. Turns out, constant work stress is one of your body’s worst enemies. A study published in Preventive Medicine found certain cancers have been linked to prolonged work-related stress in men. Study participants had undergone 15 to 30 years of constant work stress, and some had faced more than 30 years of unrelenting stress. So, if you’re always tense and popping Alka-Seltzer tablets like candy, it’s time to take a good look at your work life. You might want to consider making some adjustments to the way you manage your personal and work obligations.
What leads to work stress? One factor is lack of control. A study from researchers at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business discovered employees who work in demanding jobs with little control over their workflow were 15.4% more susceptible to death than those who worked in less demanding jobs. Another work stress factor is conflict. If you work with a horrible boss who doesn’t like you, this can cause significant emotional strain. Walking on eggshells every day can leave you feeling drained and eventually cause you to question your abilities.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by work, you’re not alone. Chronic work stress has negatively impacted millions of Americans at one time or another. Roughly 65% of Americans said work is a major source of stress, according to the American Psychological Association’s Stress in America survey.
Are you experiencing an unusual amount of job stress on a regular basis? It’s time for a change. Here are five cancers that could be related to work stress, according research from INRS University and Université de Montréal. We’ll also offer some tips on how to better manage symptoms of stress on the job.